The pandemic: some sources of information and inspiration, and our thanks.

This is very short episode, given where we are in Canada (and around the world) with the CoVid19 pandemic.    Good information is really important in an emergency- we have been relying on many of our partners and friends and clients, and our leaders in Canada, for information.    The following are some of the great sources of information and inspiration we have been relying on:    Ontario NonProfit Network: Supporting Community Response to Covid-19  Canadian Network for the Health and Housing of People Experiencing Homelessness  Social Planning Council of Toronto: city, provincial and national sources of information and mental [...]

By |March 19th, 2020|Categories: Leadership, Podcast|Tags: |

Impact Measurement Opportunity: Support from Innoweave

We’re delighted to have the opportunity to work with the McConnell Foundation’s Innoweave initiative to pilot a new Impact Measurement coaching stream for nonprofits and charities. Perhaps you already know what you intend to achieve as an organization…you may already have a Theory of Change. Do you need help in measuring the impact you're making?  Are there measurement questions you would like to explore or new measures you would like to implement or strengthen? The Impact Measurement program will strengthen your strategy and capacity for impact measurement. The work includes learning and applying key concepts in measurement, making choices about what and how to [...]

By |March 13th, 2020|Categories: Evaluation, Leadership, Measurement, Uncategorized|

People are Thriving – A Measurable Outcome Focus with Angie Peters, CEO YSM

In this episode, Lynn interviews Angie Peters, President & CEO at the Yonge Street Mission (YSM) in Toronto. YSM has identified a focus beyond activities, on outcomes – the results the people they work with are striving for.  They have labelled this outcome as "people thriving", and Angie shares the framework they use, based on research, that identifies the key elements and milestones for each element for a  person to be thriving. These include elements such as family stability, employment readiness and having a sense of power.  They have taken something nebulous and made it tangible and [...]

By |March 6th, 2020|Categories: Evaluation, Podcast, Social Innovation|

Beyond Strategic Planning, Strategy is creating value, with Prof. Brent McKnight

In this episode, Lynn interviews Dr. Brent McKnight, Associate Professor in Strategic Management at McMaster University's DeGroote School of Business.   Brent characterizes strategy as being about creating value, whether at a for profit (business) or nonprofit organization. Having recently developed an undergraduate course in organizational strategy, Brent shares some early findings of applying business models, such as Five Forces, to nonprofits in developing their strategy.   He underscores the importance for nonprofits to think broadly about strategy to create value and make a significant social or environmental impact, and capturing this in a Theory of Change.  This is [...]

By |February 26th, 2020|Categories: Podcast, Strategy|
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